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Thomas J Beringer
Thomas “ Tom” J. Beringer, age 69 of Tyndall, Thomas died on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD.
Thomas Joseph Beringer was born February 10, 1950 to George and Edna Jean (Balvin) Beringer in Tyndall, South Dakota. As a child Tom’s family live in multiple places including Sioux City, Iowa and Yankton, South Dakota before returning to Tyndall in 1968 where he graduated from Tyndall High School in 1968.
After high school Tom helped with his family’s brick hauling business and operation of Groveland Park Ballroom until August 21, 1969 when he enlisted into the United State Marine Corps.
During Tom’s enlistment in the Marines he became a sergeant. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam until he was wounded. By the request of the United States Government, Tom served an extension of service where he was assigned to State Department Security Team Embassy Duty in Guatemala by the U.S. Tom was honorably discharged on August 17, 1975. During his enlistment Tom received multiple decorations including two Purple Heart awards and an Expert Rifleman’s Badge.
In 1975 Tom married Cheryl Conrad and to this union, their two sons Eric and Sean Beringer were born. On June 21, 1991 Tom married Denise Vellek and they were married until his passing.
Over the years Tom worked multiple positions including Beringer Oil in Tyndall, SD, operated Tom’s Standard Oil Service Station in Yankton, SD from 1980 to 1986, Cork N’ Bottle, Frank’s Trading post and Kolberg’s until his retirement in 2003.
Tom had a love for baseball in his younger years and played on various teams. After retirement he enjoyed collecting military memorabilia and was a member of the Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895.
Tom made many friends over the years and had a personality that touched many lives. He will be greatly missed.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Denise Beringer of Tyndall; sons Eric Beringer and Sean Beringer, both of Yankton; daughter Victoria (Kenneth Echkolt Jr.) Vellek of Tyndall; granddaughters Ava Eckholt of Tyndall and Aria Beaudette of Yankton; brothers Barry Beringer and Bart Beringer both of Lesterville; sisters Connie (Allen) Anderson of Sioux Falls and Peggy (Doug) Burns of Boca Grande, Florida and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents George and Jean Beringer; brothers Robert Beringer and Dennis Beringer and his grandparents.
I served with Tom, at the American Embassy, in Guatemala. He was a Super Great Marine and one helluva friend. He will be missed by all. Don Pero. Any questions 715-292-3429
Donald J. Pero May 31 2020 11:31 PM
So sorry for your loss of husband, father, brother friend. I'm sorry I did not really know him but did have a conversation with him a few years ago when I was in town. I am grateful for his service to our country and he will be greatly missed by the community. Say you be comforted by your wonderful memories.
Julie Schneider Dec 20 2019 2:48 PM
Eric and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers for the months to come. Eric, your smile is your dad's. Cherish your memories. Sincerely, Tammy & Dennis Kokesh
Tammy Kokesh Dec 16 2019 8:10 PM
Sean and family - So very sorry to see your father passed away. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories and be strong.
Brad, Jodi and Nathan List Dec 12 2019 6:11 AM
Denise, Eric, Sean, Vicki and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Tom passing away. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers these past few days, I wish I could be there with you now. Sending you all love and hugs and thoughts of comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Sarah Wiebelhaus Dec 11 2019 6:11 PM
Sean and Eric, Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Youre in my thoughts and prayers. I regret not being able to tell him Thank You for your service to our country. ~ Blessings~
Sherry Daugherty Dec 10 2019 4:09 AM
We are vary sad about the passing of our much-loved nephew. We offer our heartfelt condolences to all of Tom's family. We love you all very much.
Janet & Bob Aldridge Dec 9 2019 3:42 AM
Goodbye to you an all around great guy. Tom was a good friend, always with a smile and a warm greeting. Proud of his service, and generous to all...
Rene Dec 9 2019 1:55 AM